Asian Journal of Environment and Disaster Management (AJEDM)Volume 3 Number 1 (2011)
Hazard Mapping and Assessment for Effective Community-based Disaster Risk Management (READY) Project
CP Garcia Avenue, University of the Philippines Campus, Quezon City 1101, Philippines.
The Hazard Mapping and Assessment for Effective Community-based Disaster Risk Management (READY) Project addresses the problem of disaster risk management (DRM) both at the national and local levels. At the national level, the project aims to institutionalize and standardize DRM measures and processes by different organizations involved in the project while management of the timing of project implementation and engagement with local government has been taken care of. At the community level, it will address the availability of hazard maps, the lack of community-based hazard monitoring and warning systems, and the need to build up the capability of community leaders to implement activities and measures for disaster reduction. It also empowers the most vulnerable municipalities and cities in the Philippines and enables them to prepare disaster risk management plans. The project develops a systematic approach to community-based disaster risk management through: (i) scientific multi-hazard mapping as the first step to risk assessment, (ii) community-based disaster preparedness, and (iii) initiation of mainstreaming of disaster risk reduction into the development planning process of the local government units. The project targets 27 provinces in the country with high risk to natural hazards.
Keywords: Multi-hazard mapping, Community-based disaster preparedness, Communitybased flood early warning systems (CBFEWS), Community-based tsunami early warning system (CBEWS for Tsunami), Information education and communication (IEC), Rapid earthquake damage assessment software (REDAS), Disaster risk reduction (DRR), Disaster risk management (DRM), Process technology (PT).